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What McDonalds Taught Me About Being a Mom

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What McDonalds Taught Me About Being a Mom:

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, and I thought I’d do something a little different. I worked at McDonalds for 10 years and it taught me a lot about life, especially about raising children, surprisingly enough. Yes, McDonalds taught me a lot about being a mother, and I’m going to share my light-hearted experiences with you all for a good laugh!

1. Never, ever, let your child order his/her food. A mom walks up with a 4-5 year old child and with a huge smile, says, “Okay Billy, tell the nice lady what you want!” Billy freezes, staring up at the cashier who gives him a friendly but almost forced smile. Meanwhile, the line behind them grows longer and more impatient, with the mom prodding her son to speak up with what he wants to eat. I’ve lived this scenario plenty of times in my McDonalds career, and it never got easier. When Allison gets older, trying to get her to order food with a long line behind us is OFF LIMITS.

Similarly, this drive thru scenario:

“Johnny, what do you want?”
“I want french fries!”
“Do you want chicken or cheeseburger?”
“I want a toy!”

2. Children throw up. A lot. In my last few months there, right before I got married, I had to clean up some vomit on the Playplace floor. The poor grandmother kept apologizing, and I said, “Oh, it’s no problem! It gives me practice for when I have kids!” How right I was. Allison got some sort of bug back in December, and the amount of vomit was incredible. And guess who was the one to stay up with her all night?

3. I clean. A lot. And it gets dirty again immediately. Isn’t there a saying that goes “Cleaning the house while you have children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos”? It didn’t matter how often I wiped down the prep table and the cabinets. As soon as I got out a piece of meat, the table got greasy again. Why should I sweep the kitchen floor? Allison’s just going to throw food off her high chair again. (I sweep it anyway, because I hate the feeling of food under my feet.)

4. I can please even the pickiest of eaters. I’ve had food thrown in my general direction because she didn’t like what was in her food. And Allison does it, too! Just a quick fix of replacing a plain cheeseburger, or a cheese quesadilla in Allison’s case, and I’ve got happy campers! I can’t go hiding vegetables in a customer’s burger, but I wonder how I can hide veggies in a quesadilla? 😉

5. I can deal with tired, cranky people. Have you ever tried to talk to someone before they’ve had their coffee? It’s a very scary thing. And a toddler when it’s getting close to naptime? Make one wrong move and she falls to her knees crying and banging her fists on the ground.

6. Coffee makes my day go much better. I had to wake up at 3:00 every morning to go to work, and I couldn’t have done it without that sweet, sweet coffee. Now I sleep in until 5:00 and my precious coffee saves me every time.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! You are all amazing, every single one of you, and don’t ever forget it!

Can you relate to any of these? Share with us below!



Sunday 10th of May 2015

I've never worked in a McDonalds but I have worked in cafes and sold ice creams, which I think must be similar at times! It definitely gives you a different perspective on being a customer. And I'm another one that needs my coffee in the mornings :)


Sunday 10th of May 2015

So funny, direct and true. Love this. Simplest lessons when/where you don’t expect them! Reply


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Ahaha I can relate to all of them, except for nr. 1 because I thought only a father could be as mindless as to let a child order his/her own food lol!!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

I have no kids but I've had this with my nephew a few times, especially the first one. Letting them have a choice seems like a really cool thing to do to help them adjust to the world and speak their own minds, but they sometimes have no idea what they actually want! Funny article!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Haha, thank you! =)


Sunday 10th of May 2015

I worked at Dorothy Lane Market for 6+ years and parents would walk up to the bakery counter and say to their toddler or child, Okay, what do you want? We had hundreds of items in that bakery case and you want your child to picked 1. Most of the time they spent a good half hour waiting for their kids to decide. I always said when I became a mom, I'd give my child 3 choices from the case and they had to pick 1.


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Oh dear! I can't even imagine making a child pick from that many items, haha.

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